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Sunspot Gold | SanTan Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States
santanbrewing.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sunspot Golden Ale is an American take on a traditional Czech Pilsner that distinguishes itself by being infinitely drinkable. Brewed with fresh Czech Saaz hops and American Pale Barley, Sunspot Gold has a deep, rich golden color and delicate hop character. Americans have a habit of taking products and improving them. We believe this is especially true with our Sunspot Gold.

15 IBU

Added by PhxHorn on 01-24-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,976
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
49
pDev:
9.79%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of matcris
2.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A lemon/golden with a finger of white head that leaves a mild lacing. Smells grainy, grassy, and bready. Taste was a little off, with the grains. Can't put my finger on it, but, slightly musty. Feel is, medium thin body, average carbonation, and not all that dry.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jmdrpi
3.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can

clear, light yellow in color, white head. mild earthy hop aroma, grain. taste is again mild, slightly sweet malt flavor, mild hop flavor. thin body, easy drinking.

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Photo of trytoketchup
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Is this a wildly-excellent golden-ale? No. But honestly—and I make this note on account of the very middling reviews—it's pretty delightfully in offensive.

Starting with appearance: Sunspot boasts beautiful, ferocious bubble-streams, which highlight a nice burnished-bronze. The nose is a step down, but not far: nice dry, dusty, husky malt aromas, with very little detectable sweetness but solid undertones of orange-zest and coriander. Flavor, if not complex, is nonetheless hardly milquetoast: solidly crisp and refreshing, there are mild, white-bready characteristics, touches of orange and lemon peel, and a sort of soft, crème-fraîche creaminess at the finish that is velvety, but more tart than thick-&-frothy, as some overdone goldens. All of which amounts to a pretty sessionable, and—as aforementioned—very inoffensive brew that nonetheless *does* have flavor.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.29/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lelampp
3.46/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Groenebeor
3.17/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Professor_Frink
3.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorta like a flat, more flavorful, more potent Miller Lite. Very drinkable, but not memorable. I would certainly drink again on a hot day, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of dradair
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.17/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of vader06
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of tjcamm
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dface
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gobzilla
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MrJolly
4.01/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of PStriedl
3.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Waveoff
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Azpittil57
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Auraan
3.61/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich, clear golden body with two fingers of fluffy white head that quickly receded. It looks quite nice and very true to style. Scents of moderate levels of fruity esters, mostly focusing on apricot juice, but also some tropical fruit, mostly pineapple, mingling with sweet, bready malt. Hop aromas are light in intensity, sweet and floral with some light dank and herbal aromas and light musty yeast. Overall impression of aroma is of a blonde or golden ale that fits the style quite well, with the right aromas present, and any off-aromas lacking. Sweet, malty, yet with hops present, a good balance and quite appealing. Flavor begins moderately sweet with notes of bready malt, honeydew melon, and light bitterness and flavors of herbal hops. Middle continues to be sweet, with the same flavors on display, with a slightly higher hop flavor and bitterness. Finish is lightly sweet with notes of sweet malt, melon has disappeared, light indeterminate fruity esters are present, hop bitterness has reached medium-light levels and hop flavors of floral and herbal hops are discernible at medium levels. Aftertaste is herbal hops with medium-light bitterness and grainy malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a well balanced, easy drinking ale that is approachable due to sweetness, yet balanced enough by the bitterness to avoid being cloying. Fitting into the style quite well, easily approachable by any beer drinker. Mouthfeel is medium-light, smooth and silky with medium-light carbonation. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good session ale. Smooth, easy to drink and very pleasant. Overall this is a good blonde ale. It fits into the style quite well on all counts and is a nice, flavorful introduction to craft beer for the non-craft drinker.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nearengine
3.4/5  rDev +4%

Photo of RavenForBeer
3.5/5  rDev +7%

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Sunspot Gold from SanTan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 49 ratings
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